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Old 01-21-21, 01:58 AM
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Long Beach to PV route?

Friends and I tried to ride from Shoreline Village in Long Beach to PV via the LA River Trail to Anaheim St. and then to Western and then to PV. Anaheim in Wilmington was a freakin' nightmare with debris, road construction, and heavy truck traffic so bad that we abandoned and turned around. Side streets north of Anaheim were no help as none appeared to go east/west very far--we zigzagged on them for a bit trying to get further west but kept getting sent back down to Anaheim or north, away from our goal. Any better routes we could use to get to PV from Long Beach? Or if one wants to ride PV, just drive closer like to San Pedro as you'd still get in a lot of miles?
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Old 01-21-21, 07:14 PM
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I’ve used Wardlow / 223rd. Seems to have less traffic, especially on weekends.
Between Wilmington and Western, Watson Center / 228th is an option although I recall it has lots of stop signs.
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Old 01-21-21, 08:33 PM
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Don't kill yourself trying to find the yellow brick road between LB and PV. The debris in the roads is awful and on a good day the traffic is a nightmare.
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Old 01-21-21, 10:44 PM
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since it sounds like you turned off the wide part of anaheim st. before the street narrows significantly (and you're understandably turned off with the other shenanigans),
it's probably best to drive the 20/25 mins over to the point fermin/korean bell/fort macarthur area (after 9am on weekends will be tough to find parking) or
to the next light (rolling vista dr.) past western ave on pv drive north and hang a right on rolling vista dr. and park there.

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Old 01-22-21, 09:52 AM
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"Lovely" area in the LA/LB harbor, isn't it? I've gone there a few times doing coastal tours and I just try to hammer through the 4 miles along Anaheim St. between PV and the L.A. River bike path (the only place I've consistently run stop signs and traffic lights). I try to come through there on weekends as the traffic is a lot lighter. As ooga-booga mentions, just drive over there and park somewhere, then go riding around PV. Another parking option to Angel's Gate/Korean Bell park at Ft Macarthur is to park at the high school along PV North drive (Torrance high school?), then ride towards the coast, then turn south and ride the peninsula road to the Angel's Gate Park/Ft Macarthur area. I would not recommend making a loop of it by going up Gaffney - its got no real curb lane so you're only slightly better off than riding Anaheim through the Harbor area. Better is to just backtrack along the peninsula road, to the high school, maybe divert onto the beach bikeway in Torrance for some extra (and slow-rolling) miles if you desire.
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Old 01-22-21, 04:49 PM
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Did it twice east bound. Ugh.
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In December 2015, I rode from Costa Mesa down the SART, along the coast to the LA River, up the river to Anaheim, over to PV and a counterclockwise loop around PV. I wanted to go to the Korean Bell, from there I ended up going back up Pacific, to John S. Gibson/Harry Bridges/Alameda before hitting Anaheim to go back to LB and back track my route to my starting point. Don't know if that was the best way from the Korean Bell to get back, but it seemed the quickest.

My summary afterwards remains my summary today. It was both the most beautiful and the ugliest bike ride I've even been on. I didn't have the problems the OP seemed to have with road construction on Anaheim back then, there was debris and certainly some truck traffic, although it could have been worse. And it was really, really ugly, the ugliest place I've ever ridden a bike. I've talked to a few other people about it and looked at maps, I haven't figured out a better way than Anaheim. I haven't tried riding between PV and LB since, but I don't know that I'd do anything different, Anaheim sucked but at least it was a pretty small portion of the ride.
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Originally Posted by blt View Post
In December 2015, I rode from Costa Mesa down the SART, along the coast to the LA River, up the river to Anaheim, over to PV and a counterclockwise loop around PV. I wanted to go to the Korean Bell, from there I ended up going back up Pacific, to John S. Gibson/Harry Bridges/Alameda before hitting Anaheim to go back to LB and back track my route to my starting point. Don't know if that was the best way from the Korean Bell to get back, but it seemed the quickest.

My summary afterwards remains my summary today. It was both the most beautiful and the ugliest bike ride I've even been on. I didn't have the problems the OP seemed to have with road construction on Anaheim back then, there was debris and certainly some truck traffic, although it could have been worse. And it was really, really ugly, the ugliest place I've ever ridden a bike. I've talked to a few other people about it and looked at maps, I haven't figured out a better way than Anaheim. I haven't tried riding between PV and LB since, but I don't know that I'd do anything different, Anaheim sucked but at least it was a pretty small portion of the ride.
thatís the best way to mush through...except for pacific in san pedro. i drop down to the uss iowa/old ports oí call area instead. love it or leave it.
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Old 01-26-21, 08:44 PM
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Work down there.

I remember the Gerald Desmond bridge being postponed over a fight to get a bike lane on it.

I thought, ďAre you kidding me? A bike lane that will just drop you off in the middle of Terminal Island? These bike people must want to get run over.Ē

There isnít a good way. If I lived in Wilmington I would use one of the north south streets to get to work.

I would try to avoid riding through Wilmington. Maybe Anaheim till you over the bridge then Alameda till it turns into Harry Bridges? South on Watson, West on G street?
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Old 01-29-21, 10:34 AM
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Two ways I use.


First is what I call the northern route to Redondo Beech pier, then you can head south around the peninsula. From the blue line station at Wardlow Rd head west on Wardlow Rd, which becomes E 223rd St (truck traffic but wide shoulder); turn right onto Lucerne St which becomes E 220th St; turn right onto Bonita St; turn left onto E Carson St.; turn right onto Denker Ave; turn left onto W 213th St.; turn right onto Cabrillo Ave; turn left onto Torrance Blvd and take it to Redondo Beach pier. I have only used this path from Long Beach to Redondo Beach/PV so not sure how well it would work in reverse.


The second way is more southerly but connects up with Anaheim St east of Wilmington. I generally use this route from PV back to LB so I write it as follows Starting at Battleship Iowa go north on Front St; turn right onto N Pacific Ave; continue onto John S Gibson Blvd;, after 1.3 miles just before an overpass take the sidewalk on the right and head east to Harry Bridges Blvd.; continue onto Alameda St; turn right onto Anaheim St (there is a good shoulder on Anaheim until 9th St. in Long Beach, where it gets narrow 3 lanes across the 710 and LA river.


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Not sure what happened to the map but the link is broken. So here is just a view.

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